My Fervent Prayer for Passion

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The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.  Lamentations 3:22-23

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the times of my greatest pains and challenges are also the times of the most growth for me spiritually.

I kinda thought that by the time I was 64 (How DID that happen? and WHEN?), I’d have it far more together than I do - but … truth is, I don’t and so, I’ve still a lot to learn.

How willing God is to teach, when we are willing to learn.  

I’m not sure how I became aware of the book Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer.  I know it has its roots in the movie War Room - which I’ve yet to see.

But, this book has grabbed hold of me in an amazing (to me) way.  Part of what it is about is crafting your own fervent prayers directly from Scripture.

I’ve been convicted lately of the shallowness and, oftentimes, lack of prayer in my life.

The first chapter hit home as I read about the need for passion in prayer.  What I’d like to do today, is share the prayer I wrote after reading the chapter and the verses that accompany it.

I’m not even sure why I feel the need to share it with you.  I’m thinking that maybe, just maybe, some of you are in the same boat I am in - and it might encourage you.

If it really hits home, perhaps you’d like to check out the  book, Fervent, by Priscilla Shirer.

This was my first experience crafting a written prayer using different Scriptures as my basis - and I found it exhilarating.  It took me time.  Reading and rereading the Scriptures, and then suddenly the words flowed.  It felt satisfying in a way few of my prayers have felt lately.

So, here is my (first) fervent prayer.

Thank you, LORD, for not giving up on me.  Forgive me for the times I gave up and walked away.  For trying to create my own light, for growing cold when I didn’t see answers and sought to bring light for myself.

Give me that new, clean heart, LORD.  Bring back the passion I felt when You were my first love - when I craved time with You, when I carved out moments to be with You, soaking up Your word.

I remember those days.  Remove my heart of stone, LORD - the one that has grown so cold and weary.  Grant me the passion to seek You with all my heart - to crave You again.

What a blessing these challenges are, because You have given me a gift … the gift of time to seek You.

Thank You that Your lovingkindness never ceases, that Your compassion never fail.  Thank You for your faithfulness.

Create in me a passionate love for You - a thirst that can be quenched by nothing but You.  Help me to be “all in.”  Help me to choose trust instead of fear.

Renew my spirit.  Cleanse me and I will be whiter than snow.

I ask in the name of my LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ, Yeshua Adonai, and Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides for us all.

Amen and amen, So be it, LORD!

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